Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict

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Theresa Might went head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn within the Home of Commons. This is what occurred.

Jeremy Corbyn threw the prime minister a Brexit curveball at this session.

Most observers had been anticipating the PM to get a grilling over reported feedback by her chief Brexit adviser Olly Robbins – however the Labour chief went after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as an alternative.

He targeted all six of his questions on the “fiasco” of the Seaborne Freight contract.

The ferry firm with “no ships and no buying and selling historical past” has had its contract to offer companies within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit cancelled.

Mr Corbyn stated this was symbolic of the federal government’s “pricey, shambolic and evasive” dealing with of Brexit. “What went mistaken?,” he requested the prime minister.

Mrs Might stated 90% of the ferry contracts awarded in case of a no-deal Brexit situation, went to DFDS and Brittany Ferries.

“Due diligence was carried out on all of those contracts,” she informed the Labour chief.

The transport secretary had informed MPs the choice to award a contract to Seaborne Freight “had no price to the taxpayer”, stated Mr Corbyn, however the Nationwide Audit Workplace discovered that £800,000 had been spent on exterior consultants to evaluate the bid. Might the prime minister “right the report”?

Mrs Might stated Mr Corbyn was “late to the occasion” as a result of she had been requested about this yesterday by the SNP. “Labour following the SNP, nicely no matter subsequent,” sniped the PM earlier than repeating her line about “correct due diligence”.

Mr Corbyn stated Freedom of Info requests confirmed Chris Grayling had “bypassed” the principles which permit regular scrutiny of a deal.

Mrs Might stated the Seaborne Freight contract had been handed out following particular person assessments by consultants, and no cash had been paid to Seaborne Freight.

It was “totally proper and correct” to ensure that the federal government was getting ready for any no-deal Brexit, she added.

Mr Corbyn stated taxpayers had been going through a £1m authorized invoice for contesting Eurotunnel’s courtroom case towards the federal government over its “secretive and flawed” no-deal transport contracts course of.

Not solely that, he informed MPs, Thanet Council, in Kent, was going through a £2m finances deficit on account of the Seaborne Freight debacle. Might the PM supply “forged iron ensures” that the folks of Thanet wouldn’t be hit with this invoice?

Mrs Might stated Division of Transport officers had been “in discussions” with Thanet council. The ferry contracts had been about safeguarding medical provides within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit, she added.

Mr Corbyn stated the prime minister ought to observe the recommendation of the Home and take no deal off the desk and “negotiate severely with the EU”.

He broadened out his assault on Chris Grayling, for “ignoring warnings” about drones at airports, ignoring warnings concerning the collapse of outsourcing large Carillion, overseeing the “disastrous” new rail time tables, and rail fare will increase.

And now, stated Mr Corbyn, Mr Grayling was in control of a “important side of Brexit planning”. “How on earth” may the prime minister have any confidence in him?

Mrs Might replied that rail funding was at its highest for the reason that Victorian period and that was 20% increased yearly on common than below Labour.

She had clearly come armed with assault strains for Mr Corbyn over his Brexit technique, so she unloaded all of them as their change got here to an finish, accusing the Labour chief of “ambiguity” and “taking part in politics” and of failing to say whether or not he wished Brexit, or a second referendum.

Folks now not say he’s a “conviction politician”, she concluded.

What else got here up?

The SNP’s chief at Westminster Ian Blackford stated that with 44 days to go till Brexit, Mrs Might should cease “taking part in quick and free” with the economic system.

Conservative backbencher Henry Smith gave the prime minister an opportunity to rebut the reported feedback by Olly Robbins, who was overheard in a Brussels bar saying the EU was prone to permit an extension to the Brexit course of.

Conservative MP George Freeman, a former adviser to Mrs Might, requested whether or not those that had introduced the system into disrepute “like Philip Inexperienced” must be stripped of their honour. Mrs Might says there was an impartial forfeiture committee.

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